Outdoor Activities

Enjoy a beautiful day outside with your kids! Check out all of these outdoor activities in your area and see what peaks your interest, then click on the category heading and you will be taken to a full list of local options. We have all the details about locations! Many have photographs and more information to help you decide where to go and what your kids will be interested in depending on their age and interests.

All of these lists were made by local moms for local parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Do you have an idea for a topic that hasn’t been covered or a spot that you’ve been enjoying? Comment below and let us know!

If you are looking for other resources, visit our Resources for Families page, buy half-price tickets to great local attractions and shows on our Half-Price Ticket page, and peruse our Indoor Activities page.

Sonny Acres Farm Fall Festival is under New Management
Sonny Acres Farm is under new management and promises to keep traditions alive while making their fall festival bigger and better than ever!

Jack’s Pumpkin Glow: A Spectacle of Halloween Lights
Get the inside scoop on Jack's Pumpkin Glow Chicago (in Lisle), including parking, food and drinks, and what to expect.

2019 Family-Friendly Halloween Events
Celebrate the season with these family-friendly Halloween events! Decorate pumpkins, watch spooky movies, listen to a storyteller, and more.

Family-Friendly (Free!) Activities for Fire Prevention Week 2019
Kid-friendly activities during Fire Prevention Week in the near western suburbs of Chicago. Fire truck rides, fire demos, tours, and more!

All the Local 2019 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Events: Less Walking, More Candy!
At these local trunk-or-treat events, kids trick-or-treat at decorated car displays . . . and no one gets tired halfway down the block!

2019 Haunted Houses, Hayrides and Forest Walks
Chicago's suburbs are home to tons of spooky forest walks, including some with family-friendly options. Check out Chicagoland haunted houses, too!

Pumpkin Patches with Apple Picking Near Chicago
Find an apple orchard that also has a pumpkin patch and combine all of your fall picking in one fun trip! We have all the details to help you.

Our Review of Bellaboo’s Big, Fun Play Center in Indiana (and New Imagination Garden!)
Bellaboo's is a unique play place near Chicago for kids under nine years old! See pictures of the opportunities for play and imagination!

Pumpkin Patches and Pumpkin Farms in the Chicagoland Area
There are so many pumpkin patches and farms to explore now that fall is here! Get the scoop on where to go, what to do — and who has donuts.

The Most Amazing Places to Enjoy Fall Colors in the Suburbs
Check out our round-up of great parks, forest preserves, and other spots where fall colors are on full display in the suburbs of Chicago.

The Best Local Activities for Elementary Kids Ages 6–8
These indoor and outdoor activities are perfect for elementary-aged children as they transition into big kid fun!

Splash Pads Still Open: September 2019
Check out these splash pads in the Chicago suburbs to continue enjoying the nice weather and water play into September!